Drawing 248: The boat landings, Derwentwater

Direction of view: W

Notes: The simplest of sketches to get, and little has changed since AW took his view (apart from the ice melting!!).  The foreground has been refurbished with cobbles, and looks neat.  Peter Messenger’s picture from the late 1970s has rowing boats similar to those in AW’s sketch (image 1).        

Comments: First taken by me on 7th March 2012, after Sheelagh Hughes Hallett and I attended a lecture by Hunter Davies on his recently published edition of Wainwright’s letters (this was part of the “Words by the Water” festival at the Theatre by the Lake). It was a very changeable day, with occasional flashes of sunshine, hail and rain.  It was windy too, and Sheelagh kindly held the drawing whilst I got the details right (image 2).

But really this scene deserves a picture which illustrates the bustle and activity of this popular spot.  Wainwright’s picture features people walking on the frozen lake – a scene which may not be repeated – so I chose summer bustle, and took my picture (image 3) on 29th June 2018 (see 143 for an account of that day).  It’s a pity car parking is allowed…

This view appears on page 45 of Fellwalking with a Camera, and page 146 of Wainwright in Lakeland, where it is captioned “Derwentwater in winter”, and has only one boat in the foreground.  It is interesting to see how Wainwright has used some of the figures in the photograph, but has moved them around, the better to balance the middle distance.